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A cinematic adaptation of Jules Verne's 1874 novel "The Mysterious Island", the story begins during the American Civil War, as famine and death ravage the city of Richmond, Virginia. Five northern POWs make the decision to escape the war by hijacking a hot air balloon! Drifting through the night, they wake to find themselves marooned on a desert island, but they aren't alone... Littered with wreckage, the island is home to cast of survivors who have been lost in space and time, including Jules and Abby Fogg, two young women from modern times who become stranded while flying over the Bermuda Triangle. Faced with defending themselves against vicious pirates, terrifying creatures, and an active volcano that's ready to blow, they must find a way to survive and escape the island. Hope only comes when they encounter the island's oldest resident, Captain Nemo himself. With his help, they set to work crafting an escape... but will they make it in time before the island claims them forever?Written by
I agree SyFy movies follow certain convention. They cannot be compared to big nationwide blockbusters with spectacular special effects and equally big budgets. SyFy movies can be all characterized by really good stories, usually based on accomplished sci-fi novels, but at the expense of modest and limited special effects. Because I grew on books and I prefer a movie with an interesting story, even sacrificing the technical level, than completely mindless and empty blockbusters offering ONLY technical effects. For example I prefer obvious CGI with a good story behind, rather than huge catastrophic explosions costing millions of dollars with no content at all. If a have a good story I can make up for poor effects with my own imagination, but with no story I leave the theater completely empty-minded.
So this movie is just like that - poor effects when compared to Transformers and other nationwide hits, but an interesting story based loosely on Jules Verne's classic. Nice dose of action, some history, some cultural clash between different historical periods, everything makes logical sense, decently acted. Maybe not Oscar-worthy, but still very watchable.
I am really a big fan of SyFy and its convention. I only wish they would become a paid channel so that they can escape the usual network censorship and other limitations. Still staying focused on stories rather than effects, but more open to the after-hours market. Something like HBO.
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